Ecological Imaginations in the World Religions: An Ethnographic Analysis

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A&C Black, Jul 1, 2009 - Religion - 243 pages
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The field of religion and ecology is an emerging and growing movement that is becoming relevant and influential in the world. It seeks to analyse, encourage, inspire, use, compare, and combine religious traditions to engage and shape environmental issues.  

Tony Watling seeks to ethnographically analyse this important field and its expressions. In particular, he analyses and compares its explorations of different world religions for ecological themes and the resulting expressions of ecological visions, in what he terms religious ecotopias' - idealized, environmentally-friendly re-imaginings of nature and humanity, and correspondingly religion, which seek to influence environmental attitudes.  

  

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 The Modern WorldView the Ecological Model and the Reimagination of Nature
14
Reimagining and Revitalizing Nature and Religion
38
3 Indian Hindu and Jain Visions
64
4 Chinese Confucian and Daoist Visions
85
5 Buddhist Visions
105
6 Jewish Visions
123
7 Christian Visions
140
8 Islamic Visions
158
9 Conclusion
175
Bibliography
198
Index
223
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About the author (2009)

Dr Tony Watling researched religious and scientific views in public debates on ecology and the environment as a Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) Research Fellow in the Faculty of Theology at Leiden University.

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